Priscilla Williams has joined Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South as director of marketing and special events. In her new role, Williams will work to increase the organization’s visibility, funding and branding.
(Barbara Cooper Photography)
Education and work experience: I have been in school most of my life. I am a “life-learner.” I am always looking for something new to study or achieve. I succeeded in reaching my goals of obtaining my undergraduate and graduate degrees. My undergraduate degree was in microbiology. With that degree, I worked for 21 years as a research scientist. Upon completion of my master’s in global management and doctorate in marketing, I expanded my understanding of business, thereby creating a second career and finding purpose in my new role.
Family: I have the most wonderful immediate and extended family. My husband is amazing. He keeps me grounded. He is the voice of reason when I throw out blue-sky projects. My stepson is a thinker and has great words of wisdom to share. Our 11-year-old daughter is a bright student with leadership skills much like her father. We have been blessed to be “parents” to many other children. We watched them grow into adulthood and go out on their own.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Outside of work, I enjoy volunteering. I work with an organization that brings children from all over the world to our city for life-altering surgery. My husband and I are very active in mission work, especially supporting orphanages in various countries. I am very active in my church, and serve wherever I am needed. I also enjoy producing voiceovers. That has been my passion since childhood.
What attracted you to Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South? I was a former JA participant “way back when,” and I still remember the lessons I learned from starting up and running our own business. I have served as a coordinator/participant for the Bowl-a-Thon many years prior. I have also served as a volunteer in the classroom for my daughter’s class. I remember how much it meant to her whenever I made my weekly visit to deliver each lesson.
What do you most enjoy about your work? In my current position, I thoroughly enjoy meeting, and getting to know new people. I am ecstatic about seeing the children’s eyes open to the world of business and entrepreneurship, especially during their visit to the JABiztown.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? If I could give one piece of advice to young people, it would be to commit to being disciplined. That is a key that will open the door to their destiny.
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